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  • Leading article: There are no winners in this farcical event
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    When one considers that the whole point of the ceremonial procession is that the flame is seen to burn continuously, one wonders why the organisers did not simply give up and go home, rather than struggling on to the Charlety stadium by bus. A number...

  • Leading article: Private water companies must do more to deliver
    Wednesday, 9 April 2008

    In many respects, privatisation has succeeded, with the telecommunications sector leading the way. When British Telecom was lambasted earlier this week for being the worst home phone supplier, this was not the national disaster it might have been whe...

  • Brian Paddick: It's time to move hardworking 'illegals' into society
    Wednesday, 9 April 2008

    The Home Office itself estimates that there are more than half a million illegal immigrants in the country and that it costs around £11,000 to deport someone. The Institute for Public Policy Research's 2006 report estimated that it would cost £4.7bn ...

  • Leading article: Internal disputes and external problems
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    A string of high-profile departures from her campaign team has highlighted some significant internal disagreements. First, her chief of staff, Patti Solis Doyle, resigned in February as Mrs Clinton began to "go negative" against Barack Obama. Then a ...

  • Letters: Diana inquiry
    Wednesday, 9 April 2008

    Dodi and Diana alone were the architects of their own fate. Why have we spent millions inquiring into these inadequate people thinking they are exempt from sensible behaviour? That is was a conspiracy to murder is absurd – who could be clever enough ...

  • Leading article: In search of online privacy
    Wednesday, 9 April 2008

    The answer is that Google, the world's top search engine, retains this data for up to 18 months; and other popular search sites do so for a similar period. That is long enough to make even the most net-savvy pause for thought. A report by EU data pro...

  • Letters: Closing post offices
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    Over the past few days, and equipped with my pass, my passport and a recent gas bill, I have queued at three post offices, for the sticker that will renew my Freedom Pass. None of them had stickers. It had not occurred to any of them to place a notic...

  • Leading article: Laid to rest
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    But it is equally true that Diana had written, only months before her fatal journey, that she feared some people were plotting her assassination and that it would involve "brake failure". That is hardly typical behaviour of those who die in car accid...

  • Vernon Bogdanor: The lack of democracy in our local elections
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    In many other English local authority areas, there seems little point in voting, since the outcome under the first-past-the-post system is a pre-ordained clean sweep, with one party gaining nearly all the seats on the council, even though its vote do...

  • Robert Verkaik: Why verdict will not silence the conspiracy theorists
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    History shows that the legal process is inadequately equipped and was never designed to answer allegations based on rumour, hearsay or speculation. Mohamed Al Fayed's central accusation – that the Duke of Edinburgh ordered the murder of his son and P...

  • Leading article: Staying power
    Wednesday, 9 April 2008

    The Lords economic committee chose to measure the impact of immigration by asking the narrow question of "How much richer are existing UK residents as a result of immigration?" before coming to the (flawed) conclusion that the answer is "not much". A...

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